Thu Sep 12 8:14am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
There already were some major injuries in Week 1, knocking some pretty prominent players out of fantasy lineups. This shouldn’t come as a great surprise. The key for fantasy teams is trying to navigate those injuries. It is never an easy thing to do. Having quality depth and working the waiver wire are two keys to getting through injuries. Hopefully, you are able to get through any injuries this season. Here is the latest from around the league. . . . .
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill was injured during the opener and is going to miss some time. He is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sternoclavicular joint injury. He is not going to get placed on Injured Reserve, which is a positive. But while Hill is out, rookie Mecole Hardman should get plenty of chances to fill the role of Hill in the Chiefs offense.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets. Enunwa injured his neck once again and will miss the rest of the season This is his second serious neck injury, so you have to wonder if his career is over. Neck injuries are nothing to mess with.
Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins. Wilson aggravated his calf injury during the opener and played just a handful of snaps. He is out of practice to start the week and is likely to miss this week’s game. The Dolphins are likely going to make sure he is back to full strength before putting him back in your lineup.
Trey Burton, TE, Bears. Burton missed the opener because of a groin injury and remains iffy to play this week. He is trending towards being a game-time decision. We might just avoid him this week until he gets through a full game healthy.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Olsen is battling a back injury and is yet to practice this week. The Panthers have a short week with a Thursday game, so Olsen isn’t a sure thing to play. Consider him a game-time decision. Ian Thomas starts for the Panthers if Olsen is unable to play.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. The injury bug has hit Henry once again. He suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee. Henry is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks because of the injury. Virgil Green and Sean Culkin are likely to split the tight end duties for the Chargers while Henry is out.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard is in the concussion protocol but is already on the field practicing some, which is a good sign. He has a decent chance to play this week, but will need to be cleared before the week is out. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest but things look pretty good for him right now.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green is out of his walking book and ran some in practice this week. He said he is pain free, which is good to hear. Green likely misses another week or two of action, though. The good news is he is trending the right way towards a return. Tyler Boyd and John Ross will continue to start while Green is out of the lineup.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon sprained his ankle in last week’s game and had to leave the game. He did not suffer a serious sprain, though, and has a chance to play this week. Consider him questionable and a game-time decision. If he misses the game this week, expect him back in the lineup Week 3.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed remains in the concussion protocol. He remains uncertain to play this week. We should have a better idea of his status before the week is out, but things don’t look great for him at the moment. Get other options ready. Vernon Davis starts for the Redskins if Reed misses another game.
Keke Coutee, WR, Texans. Coutee was unable to play in the opener because of a sprained ankle. He is already practicing this week and seems a good bet to return to action. It isn’t certain the role he’ll play with Kenny Stills on board and scoring last week. Coutee will either be No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart for the Texans at receiver.
Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice suffered another injury, spraining his knee last week. The only positive is he didn’t suffer a season-ending injury. He is dealing with a sprain and might just miss a few weeks. Adrian Peterson should be active and starting for the Redskins with Guice out.
Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers. Coleman sprained his ankle last week and couldn’t return to action. He is dealing with a pretty significant sprain and likely will miss at least a few weeks. Matt Breida starts with Raheem Mostert also getting work as the top backup with Coleman injured.
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers. Williams injured his knee in Week 1 and couldn't return to action. The Chargers aren’t revealing much about the injury, but head coach Anthony Lynn indicated the injury was somewhat serious. This is not a good sign for Williams being able to play this week. Get ready to use other options. Travis Benjamin should take his spot in the starting lineup for the Chargers.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. Lockett is dealing with some sort of back injury and didn’t practice Wednesday. We aren’t sure if this was just a precaution, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Lockett likely will be ready for the game, but make sure he gets in some practice before the week is out.
Michael Badgley, K, Chargers. Badgley was scratched from last week’s game because of a groin injury. He remains limited in practice because of a groin injury. He is looking questionable to play once again. Ty Long will kick for the Chargers if Badgley is out once again. We would just go with other options.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard hasn't done much in 2019, with that trend expected to continue in Week 7. The veteran has rushed for just 49 yards off of 23 attempts while racking up a subpar 108 receiving yards on 14 receptions so far this season. Joe Mixon continues to retain a firm grasp as the No. 1 option out of the backfield, so Bernard likely won't produce in all aspects until that changes, even with the team down A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (shoulder). For those fantasy managers who have Bernard on their roster for some reason, keep him benched against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate will remain as the team's No. 2 option for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville. With A.J. Green (ankle) still not ready to return, Tate will continue to receive a favorable amount of looks from quarterback Andy Dalton in Week 7. The 22-year-old was targeted 11 times against the Ravens in Week 6, and despite Dalton playing behind a horrendous offensive line, expect Boyd to produce something against a Jaguars Defense that no longer has Jalen Ramsey. The upside is there, especially in deeper formats.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has had a disappointing 2019. With just 15 receptions for 108 yards and a score, many were expecting the veteran to regain some traction this season after injuries plagued the team on the offensive end. However, Eifert remains a bust despite remaining healthy this season after spending a massive amount of time on injured reserve throughout the years. The upside is there against the Jaguars, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd will remain the No. 1 option on Sunday against the Jaguars. With A.J. Green (ankle) still not ready to return, Boyd should continue to get his looks from quarterback Andy Dalton. The 24-year-old has played relatively well, considering that the team has arguably the worst offensive line in football, and without Jalen Ramsey in the mix for Jacksonville after he was traded, the door is open for some solid production from Boyd. The upside is there for those plagued with injuries or looking to get through a bye.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will look to get on track in Week 7 against the Jaguars. The 23-year-old has been a colossal disappointment this season, rushing for only 252 yards on 74 attempts in addition to 97 yards off of 14 catches, with his only touchdown of the season coming through the air during the Week 3 matchup against Buffalo. With a weak offensive line along with limited options on the receiving end, opposing defenses continue to keep Mixon in check. Don't expect anything different on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have his hands full against Jacksonville. After throwing for 262 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals in Week 5, Dalton took a few steps back against Baltimore by logging a subpar 53.8 completion percentage to go along with an interception. With the Jaguars Defense getting to the quarterback often this season, expect Dalton to feel the pressure on Sunday behind arguably the worst offensive line in the league. Keep the veteran benched on Sunday.
The New York Jets Defense is getting star middle linebacker C.J. Mosley back for a tough Monday night matchup vs the Patriots. Mosley was a monster in the one game he played this season forcing two turnovers and scoring a touchdown in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo. The Jets defense hasn't looked the same without him so adding Mosley to a defense that already has safety Jamal Adams gives the Jets defense sleeper appeal in the second half against a soft schedule. Despite the good news, the Jets defense shouldn't be started this week against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a rough matchup Monday against a Patriots Defense that allows the fewest fantasy points against to opposing wide receivers. Thomas got five targets last week, so he's been getting more involved in the offense, but is still not seeing the type of target share to warrant consideration in standard-size fantasy leagues. Thomas got five targets last week but is the clear third option behind Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder and won't carry much fantasy appeal as long as those other two are healthy.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder will face a tough test Monday when the Patriots No. 1 ranked pass defense comes to town. New England allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and shut down Crowder in Week 3 when they held him to only 25 yards on two catches. Third-string quarterback Luke Falk started that game, so Crowder should have more success with Sam Darnold back under center. In two games with Darnold, Crowder has 20 catches for 197 yards, so he has major fantasy upside moving forward, especially as the Jets' schedule gets softer. In Week 7, however, Crowder is only a borderline WR3 who has more appeal in PPR formats.
New York Jets Le'Veon Bell will face a tough matchup Monday night when the Patriots elite defense heads to MetLife Stadium. New England allows the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs so it's a tough matchup for Bell, but he should put up RB2 numbers based on volume. Bell has played 92.2 percent of the team's offensive snaps so far and has the second-most targets on the team. Bell should see his usual 20-25 touches and fantasy owners should start him with confidence he can put up a decent day even if he doesn't score a touchdown.
Free-agent RB Samaje Perine (Bengals) passed through waivers and was re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and assigned to their practice squad Friday, Oct. 18.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will look to change his fortunes against the Patriots in a tough matchup Monday. In seven career games against New England, Anderson hasn't scored a touchdown and his 39.5 percent catch rate is by far his lowest mark against any team he's faced more than once. This season, the Patriots are as daunting a matchup as there is in the NFL allowing the fewest fantasy points against to wide receivers. There is always the chance Anderson grabs a long touchdown, like the 92-yard score he had last week, so he has some appeal as a flex in deeper leagues. However, where possible, owners should look to steer clear of Anderson in this matchup.
Washington Redskins WR Wendell Smallwood has the ability to handle RB Chris Thompson's (toe) duties on passing downs against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, according to offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell.
Fantasy Spin: With Thompson sidelined, Smallwood could be headed for the handful of catches and 50-plus total yards typically reserved for Thompson, but he's still just a DFS lottery ticket for fantasy purposes.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will face a tough challenge Monday night against the Patriots, the team that has given up the fewest fantasy points this season to opposing quarterbacks. Darnold, who missed three games with mono, had a strong showing in his return to the field Sunday when he put up 338 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of performance Monday against arguably the best defense in the NFL, especially with two starters on the offensive line unlikely to play. Darnold is best left on the bench this week, however, the Jets schedule gets very soft after the game vs New England so Darnold is a good bench stash for those matchups.
New Orleans Saints RB Dwayne Washington will be 'invited into the offensive mix' against the Chicago Bears in Week 7 with RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) ruled out, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.
Fantasy Spin: While Washington will likely see some touches, Latavius Murray is the back to target if you are looking for a replacement for Kamara. However, a matchup with a tough Chicago defense limits Murray to flex consideration.
Oakland Raiders WR Trevor Davis is expected to see an expanded role in the passing attack against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 because of the injury to WR Tyrell Williams (foot), according to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Fantasy Spin: Davis caught four passes for 42 yards against Chicago in Week 5 in his second game with Oakland after being acquired from Green Bay. He could be worth a flier in DFS contests when faces off against his former team.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) were limited in practice this week and are questionable for Week 7 against the Bills. Even if Grant plays this weekend, he's nowhere close to being fantasy relevant behind Devante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson on the depth chart. Grant has only nine catches (19 targets) for 52 scoreless yards in four games this year. Howard is the team's best cornerback, but the Dolphins Defense/special teams is also well off the fantasy radar. If Howard sits, it'll be good news for Bills wideout John Brown.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring) practiced in full the last two days and isn't on the Week 7 injury report against the Bengals. Oliver has yet to play in his rookie season, but this weekend would be good timing for him to make his debut with Geoff Swaim out and James O'Shaughnessy on Injured Reserve. There's no guarantee that Oliver is heavily involved in the offense in his first game, but he's one to watch for those that are desperate at the position.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles (collarbone) is expected to return to practice next week. He is currently on the Reserve/Injured list.
Fantasy Spin: Foles probably is a few weeks away from returning to the lineup, so Gardner Minshew will continue to be the starting quarterback for now. Minshew should have a favorable matchup this week and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.